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Thursday, 9th November 2017

Whether you like it or not now that Halloween is out of the way the only major public holiday that is coming up is Christmas and no matter what shop you walk into between now the start of November and the 25th of December you will be constantly reminded of that. For a lot of people that will be too much but from the point of view of retailers you can understand why they are gearing up for the number one selling period of the year. At a time when we are beginning to come out of the recession retailers are amongst one of many industries that are trying to make up for lost time when sales figures were low and considering that the retail industry is one of the biggest employers in the country it is understandable that they

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Thursday, 9th November 2017

Festival’s 80 events

Events to take place as part of National Science Week in Clonmel, Kilkenny, Wexford town, New Ross, Enniscorthy, Dungarvan, Lismore, Tramore and Waterford City and places are still available to book for public events

More than 3,000 places were booked out in an hour for primary school events at the Southeast Science festival which runs from 6-18 November 2017. Calmast, Waterford Institute of Technology’s Science outreach centre, will be running events throughout the south east, showcasing the wonders of science with interactive shows and lectures, making sure there is something for everyone.

While the schools events booked out quickly, bookings are currently being taken for a number of public events for adults and children. These include, It takes Guts, a Guinness World Record holding juggler, The London Science Museum’s bubble show, the Lismore Family Science Day, Prof John Nolan, Waterford

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Thursday, 9th November 2017

Communities need to take a long searching look at how we ‘celebrate’ Hallow E’en a chairde,

The Hallow E’en just past has proved to be a fairly troubled affair in our town here. After a goodly number of pacific years, perhaps we were blasé about the potential that the festival had in the past to devolve into a vandals’ charter.

There were many people very upset and frightened, with widespread use of fireworks, fires, criminal damage, intimidation and antisocial behaviour.

I cannot remember when I had so much annoyance conveyed to me – and requests that there needs to be a rethink about how we manage the occasion.

Many people were discommoded and frightened – particularly our older citizens.

One pair of nonagenarians had about fifty youths outside their house for the better part of an hour – baying, burning, ghouling and swearing.

Another woman told

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Wednesday, 1st November 2017

Crime & Punishment

It seems that not a week goes by without some media stories about murder, manslaughter and assaults assailing the general public. Some stories in particular about murders, seem to take on a life of their own and turn into something more resembling a soap opera in the nature of their telling. In turn this seems to create a real climate of fear around the way in which people tend to live their lives. Whether or not this should be the way that things should be is another matter.

This seeming disparity between the reality of crime and the perception of crime is something of profound import. Obviously crime isn't something that should be taken lightly and of course it does have a very real impact on the people that are victims of it. Crime when it happens to you,

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Wednesday, 1st November 2017

Now that Catalonia has declared it's independence from Spain the central Spanish Government has stepped in pretty sharpish to quell any further moves on behalf of the nascent Catalonian Republic. The last number of weeks have seen a tense stand off between the Spanish and Catalan governments but now everything is out in the open and it remains to be seen what exactly will happen. Spain has already abolished the Catalan government and said that it will have an open election in the region before the end of the year. Despite the thousands who came out to cheer the news of the declaration of the new Catalan republic there are also many others who live there who want to remain a part of Spain. In this tug of war it remains to be seen who will finally win out.

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Wednesday, 1st November 2017

How do we fund maintenance and repair on the Greenway

Dear editor

I believe a debate is now overdue, around how do we fund the maintenance of the Waterford Greenway.

The Greenway is essentially a new road (albeit closed to motor vehicles) that runs from the City to Dungarvan. This hugely popular amenity is going to be costly to maintain in both terms of council manpower and finance.

Presently the annual WC & CC roads budget is inadequate to maintain the counties roads. WC & CC Management has admitted to expect a further deterioration of our counties road network because of the failure of central government to provide enough funding.

A minor road in the Faithlegg area was turned down recently for funding even though its in a deplorable state and its also the right of way to twelve occupied houses. Essential services such as

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Tuesday, 24th October 2017

Halloween

Although the shops are full of products for Christmas you would be forgiven for thinking that there is no other large public holiday this side of New Year's. You would be forgetting of course that very soon it is going to be one of the most Irish of holidays of them all - Halloween.

Officially called All Hallow's Eve, the 31st of October is one of the most festive and widespread of holidays that you would ever find in the country. In fact the holiday has spread all over the world now and it coincides with other such popular holidays in other countries such as Mexico's Day of the Dead and to some extent Fireworks's night in Britain, although that latter holiday has more to do with the vagaries of dating rather than anything else.

Although Halloween is an entirely Irish holiday

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Tuesday, 24th October 2017

Hard brexit, soft brexit, no brexit, florence speech, mini-florence speech, hard border, soft border, common travel area. For nearly any and every type of eventuality when it comes to Brexit there seems to be a politician who is a proponent about it. The one thing that we don't have is any kind of clarity over what real sort of Brexit there is going to be and it seems that until the very deadline for Brexit we won't really know what is going to take it's place when Britain leaves the European Union. There are all sorts of numbers being thrown around when it comes to the divorce between the two parties and it doesn't look likely, as in any divorce, that they are going to come together amicably and agree a settlement. For now the only thing you can rest

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Tuesday, 24th October 2017

Health Equality for the South East

Cardiac Activation event 28th October

Dear editor

Health Equality for the South East is to hold a Cardiac Activation event on Saturday 28th of October in Waterford city.

The event will be supported by local campaign groups SEPAG and 24 Cardiac Care for the South East. Local Emergency responders and Voluntary ambulance personnel will also be on hand to demonstrate first response activity and CPR to the general public. Supporters will also hand out information leaflets with a voting declaration encouraging the public to become actively engaged and follow the example of Waterford Chamber of Commerce and Irish Heart Foundation in supporting the event. Some well known faces will also be in attendance.

Activity is planned to commence from 1:30 PM in the Apple Market and John Roberts square areas of the city. Please come and support this ‘Hand

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Tuesday, 17th October 2017

Ophelia wreaks havoc

The clean-up of in the aftermath of Hurricane Ophelia is now seriously underway. The ferocity of Ophelia was clearly signposted by the national authorities and their warnings were heeded by the general populace with a few exceptions. The whole of the country was virtually in shutdown for the whole of Monday with all air and land transport practically non-existent. Ireland to all intents and purposes was isolated from the rest of the world for most of the day.

In Waterford City and County there were widespread reports of damage mainly caused by falling trees and the roofs of houses seriously damaged, particularly in Portlaw where up to seven houses had their roofs ripped off by the force of the winds. It is with the greatest sadness and regret that we report the death of Claire O’Neill, Aglish, Co. Waterford

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    When the latest statistic that waiting times for patients had risen to their highest level yet, there can't have been too many people that were surprised.There are now over 700.000 people on waiting lists with over 50.000 of them children. That so many people are waiting for treatment in one of the most developed economies in the world is truly frightening. Of course you can take into account the underfunding of the health sector during the economic downturn but it still wouldn't fully explain why so ma …

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